Nov 08, 2013
By Michael Kramer
The enduring mystery of whether or not Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda was poisoned – seems to be cleared up.
A forensic team says an exhumation and testing of the Chilean writer’s body found no evidence that he was poisoned.
That comes despite accusations that the author was murdered 40 years ago by a military dictatorship.
He’s presumed to have died from prostate cancer shortly after the September 11th, 1973, military coup that brought in the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet – but Neruda’s former chauffeur says military agents took advantage of the poet’s illness to inject poison into his stomach while he was bedridden at a Santiago clinic.
Neruda’s nephew is calling for further investigation after this week’s report by a Swiss laboratory on the remains of palestinian leader Yasser Arafat – which showed test results consistent with polonium poisoning.